Become a Member

UAA+ Schools Exploration and Application Process

The application process for the 2020-2021 school year is open.

Call to request a meeting anytime. (501) 333-6962

University of Arkansas A+ Schools (UAA+) engages school communities in transformative experiences through ongoing professional development opportunities during a three year implementation process. Joining the UAA+ network requires a significant time and resource commitment from a school’s entire staff in order to achieve whole school transformation. Interested schools should follow this 5-step application process prior to applying to join the UAA+ network.  We will select 5-10 schools to join the UAA+ network every year.

Step 1

Begin your investigation into what UAA+ can do for your school community. Explore this website, and contact us if you have additional questions. We can travel to your school to meet with your superintendent, principal, and interested staff members. If you are interested in applying to the UAA+ Schools network, please proceed to step two.

Step 2

If you are interested in learning more about the UAA+ network, please complete this Letter of Interest. Feel free to contact Melanie Landrum at or call the UAA+ office at (501) 333-6962. Please express your interest by Friday, January 21, 2020.

Step 3

Please plan to attend both the Pre-Application Session I and Session II. These sessions are designed to provide attendees with an A+ experience and discuss what membership in the network will require.

Pre-Application Session I

– Introductory meeting for any interested party. We welcome principals, teachers, district administrators, as well as other interested parties. If travel to North Little Rock is not possible, a different date, time, and location will be provided. Please register here.

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 pm, North Little Rock

Pre-Application Session II

– For the principal and up to 6 teachers; an opportunity to experience UAA+ professional development, services provided, support for application completion, question and answer time.  If travel to North Little Rock is not possible, a different date, time, and location will be provided. Please register here.

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 pm, North Little Rock

Both Sessions will be held at the UA- Pulaski Tech North Little Rock Campus (3000 W. Scenic Rd Building A, Suite 150 North Little Rock AR 72118)

Step 4

Share the information that you learned about UAA+ at the Pre-Application Sessions with your school. Then, survey your school staff and secure a minimum of 85 percent faculty approval to join the UAA+ network. The Pre-Application Session is designed to assist you in gaining faculty approval. UAA+ can also coordinate site visits to A+ schools for principals and interested teachers.

Step 5

Once your school has secured 85 percent staff approval, you may complete and submit the final application by the due date.

Final application due date: Monday, March 9, 2020


University of Arkansas A+ Schools is assisted by a selection committee made up of individuals representing UAA+ Schools. The UAA+ Selection Committee will review all completed applications and select schools to join the network based upon leadership, passion for the project, evidence of collaboration, evidence of commitment, opportunity for the school, geographic location, representation of the AR population and a sense of community.

The UAA+ staff will notify selected schools with a formal invitation to join the ARA+ network by Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The number of schools accepted is determined by the quality of the applications and the resources of UAA+ Schools to effectively meet the needs of schools added to the network.

Schools that are not accepted are encouraged to continue communication with UAA+ to request assistance in applying in a future year.